Larry Heisler, Director of Marketing for Global Building Technology Solutions at Anixter, talks about important infrastructure considerations associated with the new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, passed by IEEE.
Hi, I’m Larry Heisler, Director of Marketing for Enterprise Cabling & Security Solutions. In January of 2014, the IEEE passed the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. This new standard promises faster speeds and more devices able to attach to each access point.
This new standard brings up some important infrastructure considerations. First, this standard only uses the 5 GHz bandwidth, instead of 2.4 and 5, like 802.11n. That is great because the 5 GHz frequency range is much less crowded and will result in better Wi-Fi signals.
However, that means if you have older devices in your enterprise that only operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency, you will have to have both 802.11n and 802.11ac access points in your facilities.
The second important infrastructure consideration is that new 802.11ac access points require 2 Gigabit Ethernet connections rather than just one. That’s two cables running to each access point. And these cables will be making use of the full bandwidth of the cable, so it is more than just a good idea to install Cat 6A cables to make sure you have the proper headroom to handle the bandwidth demand.
If you have any questions about the infrastructure requirements for 802.11ac, contact your local Anixter representative. Thanks.